Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)

Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)

Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)

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  • 50mm/2" Lens
  • Super Wide Angle

Wood Type: Baltic Birch

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Focal Length: Super Wide-Angle

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Wide-Angle

Film Format: 4 x 5"

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Lensless SWA2B overview

  • 1Description

The Baltic Birch 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera from Lensless features a 2" lens. Lensless Cameras are constructed of different woods. Each model has a tiny hole (1/64" or smaller) precisely drilled in the front panel. The shutter is simply a small hinged metal plate that the photographer swings up and down to begin and end the exposure. The imitated focal length is determined by the length of the camera. The format is determined by the size of the back of the camera, which accepts the film holder. Since it is designed to accept a sheet film holder, there is no need to load the camera in the dark.

This is a Baltic Birch, 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera, with a focal length equivalent of 50mm, which is a super wide angle lens for this format. Average exposure in bright, noon-day sun is 4 seconds, using 400 ISO film.

No Bells or Whistles
Simplify photography to its basics: Composition and Exposure.
Focus-Free
Depth of field is of no concern; everything in front of the camera is equally in focus.
Easy to Load
Uses cut film and Polaroid holders. No need to load the camera in the dark.
In the Box
Lensless 4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch)
  • Standard (1/4") Tripod Mounting Threaded Socket
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Lensless SWA2B specs

    Film Format 4 x 5"
    Focal Length 50mm
    Material Baltic Birch Laminate
    Working F-Stop f/154
    Weight 1.9 lbs / 0.8 kg
    Packaging Infoccrwdewfzevy
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 6.2 x 5.8"

    Lensless SWA2B reviews

    4 x 5" Pinhole Camera (Baltic Birch) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just a solid pinhole, but a great introduction to 4x5 Having build dozens of pinholes of all sizes and types, I decided I wanted to get a commercial version. The wooden dowels used to hold the film holder in place are great, and work very well. This camera is exactly as it should be and brings us back to a time when photographs were thought about, planned, and then made. Using Ilford's Direct Positive Paper in this unit is so much fun! Yes below in my pros/cons I added difficult to use as a 'pro' there is logic here.
    Date published: 2016-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Pinhole Camera Fantastic pictures. A little dark around the edges (normal for pinhole cameras). But overall, just a great little camera. I could not build it for less money, so it is also a great bargain. I'm buying more cameras from Lensless.
    Date published: 2011-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use. Great results. This is a well built camera that is solid, yet lightweight. After a quick read of the instructions, I was off on a hike through the woods with the camera, film and tripod. Each exposure yielded a very good negative. The only real learning curve involves accurately determining the field of view.
    Date published: 2012-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pinhole camera The quality of the product was outstanding. The simple design was well constructed and easy to use. I especially liked that there were tripod mounts on 2 sides allowing me to take pictures either vertically or horizontally. This was a well make product I will be able to use it for years.
    Date published: 2014-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from how do dey do dat? Stick it on a tripod and use the f154 aperture and let 'er rip. It is more fun than a greased pig at a Polish wedding (and I've been to one or two.)
    Date published: 2010-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent pinhole camera The Baltic Birch 4x5 pinhole camera is the perfect introduction to both large format photography and pinhole photography. I've used the camera with film and paper and am very pleased with its performance. If you want to explore pinhole photography with negatives that are large enough for beautiful enlargement, you need this camera. The construction is solid and beautiful. The camera features two tripod screws, one for portrait and one for landscape mode. Whether you're using film with a 4x5 film back (not included) or paper, this camera is fun to use and the exposure guide that comes with it is amazingly accurate. I didn't waste one piece of film or paper because I used the guide. It was also easy to order on the B&H site and you can pay with Paypal, which is a very good feature for me. I'm glad that B&H is flexible and able to provide multiple pay possibilities. Shipping was fast and the camera was packed to the maximum with big bubble wrap and a smaller box inside the larger one. B&H cares for its customers, even for a small purchase like this one.
    Date published: 2014-07-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice pin hole camera I made a pin hole camera myself before. It's cheeper, but i wanted to have more sturdy one. This is a nice camera. Since you don't need many control skills for pin hole cameras, this is heavy enough for the windy days. I felt that the wood is a little bit stinky. I hope it will be gone soon.
    Date published: 2008-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shooting Old School Solid construction. Exposure guide made shooting easy. Vertical and horizontal tripod use really easy with the two screw mounts. Viva 4x5 film!
    Date published: 2015-04-28
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